Canyon Crest Academy’s Cancer Awareness Run supports Cancer Angels of San Diego

The CCA Cancer Awareness Club, which is hosting a May 31 walk at CCA, participated in the Light the Night Walk in San Diego last year. Courtesy photo

Canyon Crest Academy’s Cancer Awareness Club is hosting a Cancer Awareness Run from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 31, on the CCA track.

The free event supports Cancer Angels of San Diego, an organization that helps stage IV cancer patients in need of financial assistance. Participants can opt to run or walk as much as they can, and the top donator and runner will receive a free T-shirt.

The event will also include a speaker from Cancer Angels of San Diego, a raffle, live DJ and face painting with boba tea stand and other concessions for purchase.

This is the club’s first year on campus, founded by freshman Sarah Teruya, who lost a close friend to cancer two years ago. The club’s goal is to provide a greater understanding of cancer and it hosts weekly informational lunchtime meetings. They hold fundraising bake sales and support off-campus cancer organizations such as the American Cancer Foundation, Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen San Diego.

In November, the club participated in San Diego’s Light the Night Walk. The experience prompted members to host their own community event.

“So many people are affected by cancer in the world, and this walk allowed us to connect to each other and realize that we aren’t alone in this journey. This walk made us realize that life is fragile and we cannot take it for granted,” wrote club member Rachel Fu on the club website. “The survivors inspired us to stay positive and thankful for what we have and to take care of ourselves. This humbling experience made us warriors to help and support cancer patients and their families.”

Pre-registration is encouraged at